BOSTON (AP) - Derrick Rose scored 36 points in his first career
playoff game and helped the Chicago Bulls do something not even
Michael Jordan could: beat the Boston Celtics in the postseason.
Rose had 11 assists to go with his career high in points, and
Tyrus Thomas made a jumper from the corner with 51 seconds left in
overtime to lead the Bulls to a 105-103 victory over the defending
NBA champions in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round series.
Rajon Rondo scored 28 points with nine rebounds and seven
assists for Boston, which was without Kevin Garnett and without
much help from the rest of the Big Three, either.
Game 2 is Monday, the anniversary of the 1986 playoff game when
Jordan scored 63 points against Boston - in a Bulls loss. In fact,
Chicago had not beaten the Celtics in 10 postseason games since the
Chicago Stags beat the Celtics in the 1948 NBA quarterfinals.